Ford Debuts C-MAX Energi Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Ford is rolling out its C-MAX Energi hybrid-electric vehicle – a plug-in hybrid that boasts a fuel economy of 95 MPGe, 20 miles of electric-only range and a 550-mile overall range.

The vehicle, which will be available this fall, is Ford's first production plug-in hybrid. The C-MAX Energi's sister model – the non-plug-in C-MAX Hybrid – is already available for order at a base price of $25,995.

Like the C-MAX Hybrid, C-MAX Energi has a projected total system horsepower of 188 hp, derived from the all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and a battery-driven electric motor. Lithium-ion batteries support the electric-drive system.

More than 144,000 units of the five-passenger C-MAX gasoline and diesel versions have been sold in Europe since late 2010. The designs of North American C-MAX Energi and C-MAX Hybrid are based on the gasoline- and diesel-powered European version, Ford says.

C-MAX Energi will be produced at Ford's Wayne, Mich.-based Michigan Assembly Plant alongside the new C-MAX Hybrid, Focus, Focus Electric and Focus ST.

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